Album Review: Soen — “Imperial”

Soen - Imperial

I bloody hate snakes. I don’t wanna look at them and I don’t want them anywhere near me. However, if there’s an exception that makes me excited, it’s this black mamba on the cover of Soen‘s new album. Their previous release, Lotus, was my favourite album of 2019 and naturally I have massive expectations of Imperial. This will be the fifth full-length album for the Swedish supergroup, founded by ex-Opeth man Martin Lopez and vocalist Joel Ekelöf.

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Album Review: Green Carnation — “Leaves of Yesteryear”

Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear

Admittedly, I do not have much experience with Green Carnation.  When the title track to the band’s comeback album dropped and the buzz began, I actually had a moment where I sat at my computer and said out loud to no one, “what is this Green Carnation everyone keeps talking about?”  After having taken a chance on Leaves of Yesteryear, I think I may have some, but not nearly all, of their sound figured out.  But that’s always been Green Carnation’s brand: they always leave you guessing, and after fourteen years they still have more tricks up their sleeves. Continue reading